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Details Emerge on Fatal Car Crash on Springfield Avenue

November 20, 2017

UNION, NJ – The deadly crash of a shoplifting suspect began at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon when police were summoned to the Target/Whole Foods stores on Vauxhall Road to assist with a shoplifter resisting arrest.

According to Union police, officers attempted to arrest the suspect, who was violently resisting, shouting he has AIDS.  The suspect bit one of the officers and ...

Union Family Meets Recipient of Son's Donated Heart

UNION, NJ – Joey Burlew was just 28-years old when he died suddenly in March 2016.  Jeffrey Blomkvist was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 40-years old and placed on a donor list in 2014.

On March 7, 2016, Blomkvist received Burlew’s heart during a transplant procedure at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

This Sunday, in an emotional meeting, ...

Authorities Seeking Information on Vehicle of Interest in Elizabeth Double Homicide

ELIZABETH, NJ - Investigators have identified a vehicle believed to have been used in the fatal shooting of two women in Elizabeth shortly after midnight last Wednesday near Jackson Park, and assistance from the public is being requested to determine its connection to the person or persons responsible for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour announced Thursday.  

The ...

Debbie-Ann Anderson, Former Exec at Plainfield’s HomeFirst, Appointed Director of Human Services for Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Debbie-Ann Anderson, the former Executive Director of HomeFirst Interfaith Housing Services in Plainfield and a former Executive Vice President of the United Way of Greater Union County, has been appointed Human Services Director effective today, Oct. 30, County Manager Alfred J. Faella announced.

"Debbie-Ann brings both experience and enthusiasm to the position of ...

Union County Freeholders Awarded $1,403,301.75 of Grants for Kids Recreation, Trees and Preservation

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders presented the 2017 grants for the Kids Recreation Trust, Greening and Preserve Union County.  The total amount awarded was $1,400,301.75.  Kids Recreation Trust Grant Awards totaled $1.0 million.  The 2017 Greening Grant Award totaled $100,301.75.  The 2017 Preserve Union County grants totaled $300,000. 

The grant ...

Union County Residents Walk for Recovery at 19th Annual Union County Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk

CRANFORD, NJ – Approximately 200 participants walked in Saturday’s 19th Annual Union County Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk in Nomahegan Park.

The walk was coordinated by Prevention Links and Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County and hosted by former Governor Jim McGreevey.

“We all know what’s happening in our communities and our nation,” McGreevey ...

Union Man Convicted on All Charges in 2013 Murder, Dismemberment of Cranford Girlfriend

UNION, NJ – A Union man was found guilty on all charges in the case of the murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday.

The jury convicted Matthew Ballister III, 47, of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree desecration of human remains, third-degree hindering apprehension, and several ...

Annual Taste of Elizabeth Draws Hundreds of Foodies to Dine on a Variety of Dishes

ELIZABETH, NJ--The Rotary Club of Elizabeth, celebrating its 100 year of service to the greater Elizabeth community, held its annual Taste of Elizabeth XI on Monday evening at the Renaissance Hotel.

Over 30 restaurants, bakeries, food manufacturers and beverage vendors filled the exhibit space along with over 300 foodies from all over the Union County area.

Doug Harris, chairman of this ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

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